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Department of Winds & Percussion

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The Department of Winds and Percussion offers outstanding training to talented players of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Students receive thorough preparation for careers as soloists, chamber musicians, band and orchestra instrumentalists, and teachers.

 

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The Department's exceptional range and depth of programs provide the specialization and breadth of training to meet individual needs and the demands of today's music professions. At Michigan, private study with a major artist-teacher and intensive performance experience are the foundations for developing professional instrumentalists. Students give many public performances in orchestras, bands, and smaller ensembles under the direction of eminent faculty and guest conductors.

 

 

faculty

Nancy Ambrose King (Chair, oboe)

Kwasi Ampene (world performance)

Chad Burrow (clarinet)

William Campbell (trumpet)

Daniel Gilbert (clarinet)

Joseph Gramley (percussion)
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David Lee Jackson (trombone)

Fritz A. Kaenzig (tuba & euphonium)
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Jeffrey Lyman (bassoon)
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Timothy McAllister (saxophone)

Jonathan Ovalle (percussion)
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Amy Porter (flute)
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Tom Sherwood (percussion)

Adam Unsworth (horn)

news

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SMTD Alumni Win GRAMMY Awards

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win "Musical Theatre Album" for "Dear Evan Hansen;" PRISM Quartet wins "Choral Performance" with The Crossing for "Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century." more

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2018 SMTD Concerto Competition Winners Announced

The winners performed violin, percussion, and piano works and will be scheduled to perform with an SMTD orchestra. more

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Nicholas Phan (Photo by Balance Photography)
SMTD Alumni Receive 2018 Grammy Nominations

Alumni Ian Eisendrath, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Nicholas Phan and the members of the PRISM Quartet, which includes Prof. Timothy McAllister, are all nominees.  more

Master class (2015) with Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic (Photo: Chris Lee)
UMS, SMTD and the New York Philharmonic Announce Details for 2017 MICHIGAN Residency

The New York Philharmonic residency will include performances, master classes, lectures, and workshops for SMTD students, including a side-by-side chamber concert. more

21st Century Artist Intern Alice Schmitz, who spent summer 2017 interning for The Knights, a Brooklyn-based orchestra
21st Century Artist Interns: 2017-18

After spending their summers working for top performing arts organizations, four undergraduates help promote their host organization's performances in Ann Arbor.  more

 

events

SMTD logo for eventSaralyn Blair Klepaczyk, bassoon

Friday, February 23 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventPre-Candidate Recital: Amanda Ross, trumpet

Monday, March 5 - 7:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Symphony BandSymphony Band

Friday, March 9 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Youth Symphonic Band & Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Monday, March 12 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventConcert Band

Friday, March 16 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventU-M Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble & Youth Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble

Sunday, March 18 - 2:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventM-Prize Laureate Residency Guest Recital: Donald Sinta Quartet

Monday, March 19 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Kerrytown Concert House - 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Symphony Orchestra and University Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, March 21 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventGuest Recital: Donald Sinta Quartet

Wednesday, March 21 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Kerrytown Concert House - 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventChamber Music Forum with the Donald Sinta Quartet

Thursday, March 22 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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John Leahy, euphonium, and the Symphony Band
Symphony Band Oboe SectionBassoonists Christian Green, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick SouzaPercussionist Eliza KinneyAmanda Galick, fluteJonathan Ney, TrumpetHenry Stanley, TromboneDan Graser, SaxophoneJose Chan, ClarinetMcLain Pray, TubaUniversity Symphony Orchestra at Hill AuditoriumTim Abbott, contrabassoon, with the Symphony BandLuis Torres, senior Music Education Major in the U-M Horn Studio
"No other school within the university...give[s] you such a sense of community or belonging. We are constantly interacting with each other, bettering each other as we better ourselves...that 'relentless pursuit of excellence' we all desire and strive to achieve."
Scott Copeland, BM Trumpet Performance 2009

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